The president of United for Human Rights Florida, Gracia Bennish of Tarpon Springs, and Paul Gutierrez, vice president of United for Human Rights Miami, were honored in Bogota, Colombia, with the Jose Hilario Lopez Award for Human Rights.
The two were received the award Sept. 9 at the Ministry for Defense Complex in Bogota for their work in promoting human rights in education.
A Church of Scientology sponsored organization, United for Human Rights is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated human at the local, regional, national and international levels. It consists of educators and groups who want to provide human rights educational resources and activities.
TARPON SPRINGS - Planning and Zoning director Heather Urwiller asked Mayor Chris Alahouzos to sign a letter, requesting the nomination of Rose Cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places, during the Aug. 16 meeting.
“Essentially, this is an application that started as a partnership between the city and the county as a means to recognize this very historic place that’s had a very interesting history,” Urwiller said.
The cemetery is nominated to the register under the criterion in the areas of Ethnic Heritage/Black and Social History.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Budget Advisory Committee recommended that the City Commission approve the 2016-17 Tarpon Springs budget during the Aug. 16 meeting.
“We think it’s well done [and] well prepared,” said Roger Sellew, Budget Advisory Committee chairman. “We recommend approval by you of the budget that’s been brought forward by your finance department and your city manager.”
Sellew relayed to the commission that the recommendation included salary changes and adjustments that were put into the city system.
TARPON SPRINGS - In Pinellas County, it is currently illegal to sell alcohol before 11 a.m. on Sunday. The county’s blue law is actually earlier than the previous time, 1 a.m. on Sunday, which was changed back in 2003.
However, some on Pinellas city in particular, wants to see it even earlier.
“St. Pete wants the county to adopt going to the normal sales of alcohol to Sunday at 8 o’clock, instead of the [restricted] historical previous that it be at 11 o’clock on Sundays,” said Tarpon Springs City Manager Mark LeCouris.
LOS ANGELES - Tarpon Springs authors David and Maria Nieves Edmonds received three awards at the International Latino Book Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 8 through 11.
Their book, “The Girl in the Glyphs,” a thriller about a Smithsonian archaeologist’s search for a mysterious glyph cave in Nicaragua, won the top Mariposa Award for fiction.
“Lirio del Peru,” the Spanish-language version of “Lily of Peru,” won first place as the best translation from English to Spanish. The book is a story of a University of South Florida professor and a search for his lost love in Peru during the days of the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, insurrection. His search takes him from gloomy Lima to the haunted ruins of the Inca and even into the jungle where he finds himself chased by secret police, drug dealers and hostile natives.
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System study of the Anclote River. The study will focus on the area’s anchorage, aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port and harbor resources and future development projects. Companies or individuals wishing to comment or participate in a user survey should visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/AncloteRiverWAMS.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The move isn’t extreme but local leaders are hoping its impact will be great. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce will operate from a new, nearby location beginning Sept. 1, heading some 300 feet to the west.
The chamber’s new base of operations will be at the heart of downtown, the corner of Tarpon and Pinellas avenues. It will move into a portion of the Hippocratic Medical Center building, at the northwest corner of the intersection.